My friend Adair Dammann contacted me about some young park rangers in Tanzania who were starting a conservation education program and needed a little help. This all led to a facebook connection with Alaitetei Lataika Lataika, a Maasai man who was a senior student at the Wildlife University at Maweka. I sent some equipment along with my niece Corina who was in Africa with a Whitworth College group. I sent a little support money and then spent some time editing grant proposals.
The upshot of all this is that we are finally making the long desired trip to see some of Africa. Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the southern end of the Serengeti are all on the list of the Overseas Adventure Travel agenda and we'll have a couple of days to visit with people we only know from the laptop.
One of the strange and wonderful upshots of all this is a painting some Tanzanian artist made from a facebook photo. It came back with Corina along with other gifts. It's a good portrait of me and a great look at the connection between electronic communication and art. Who knew that someone would reverse the process of recording paintings electronically and make a painting from the screen image.
I'll be reporting from Europe and Africa on this site, so stay tuned.